Pas in dreamland?

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So Pas wants to contest in 100 seats, with the goal of winning 40 seats. Pas secretary general Takiyuddin Hassan says the party has a better chance in urban areas due to what he thinks is growing acceptance by urban residents.

Well, he is entitled to his opinion. But I think he is being overoptimistic or maybe even dreaming.

The main reason Pas did well in urban areas was that it was part of an opposition coalition at a time when many urban folk rejected the BN.

This time around, the party may say it is not tied to any coalition – which many will find hard to swallow. Certainly Pas has a perception problem: many already view the party as friendly with or aligned to the BN. If that is the case, three questions arise:

  • Will urban voters really back them this times around – when many are already disgruntled with the BN and now wary of Pas’ conservative streak ie focusing on issues of personal morality while seemingly overlooking the critical issues facing the nation?
  • If Pas is involved in three-cornered contests, how realistic is Takiyuddin’s goal of winning 40 seats, especially when many urban voter will see the as party as ‘spoilers’?
  • Will it end up being a regional party again confined to the East Coast?

Perhaps the real Pas goal is what one of its leaders suggested – to win enough seats to be the ‘king-maker’ in the event Pakatan and BN both come close to winning without an overwhelming majority.

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  1. Amanah president Mohamad Sabu told the residents of the kampung in Penanti, Penang, last night that the claim that DAP intends to install a Christian state in Malaysia is physically impossible.

    In a ceramah dubbed “Love Malaysia, Eradicate Kleptocracy”, Mohamad, affectionately known as Mat Sabu, said these lies are propagated not only by Umno, but by some ustaz, including former Amanah comrades.

    https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/397633#YGSb7uKu32dHw4Ki.99

  2. The possibility of Umno and PAS cooperating with each other when the opportunity arises is not remote, Umno information chief Annuar Musa has hinted.

    He said although PAS’ ideology and ways were different, the party had the same DNA and goal as Umno to champion Islam and the Malays.

    “PAS may have previously appeared to differentiate itself from Umno, but its present leadership has since displayed a slight shift and started to look at points of similarity.

    https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/397232#X8JSOYktjJ2P8zLG.99

    In other words, PAS = Umno in GE14.

  3. Is Malaysia harbouring fugitive Zakir Naik?
    https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/396910

    ADUN SPEAKS | Is it true that despite the denials by the Malaysian government, the controversial Islamic preacher from Bombay, Zakir Naik, one of the most wanted fugitives in India, might be hiding in Malaysia?

    Last week a Facebook user uploaded a photograph of Naik at the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque in Putrajaya, also known as the Iron Mosque, after Friday prayers. He said, “Praise be to God, we joined Friday prayers at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque in Malaysia.”

    This Facebook posting provides some credible evidence of Zakir’s presence in Malaysia.

    If it is proven beyond reasonable doubt that Malaysia is indeed harbouring Zakir, then such an act does not harbour well for the good diplomatic relationship between India and Malaysia.

    Even if there is no extradition treaty between our two countries, it only makes sense for Malaysia to hand over criminals who have committed crimes in India to the Indian authorities.

    Q: Where is diplomatic civility on the part of Malaysia??? Even most religions don’t condone a criminal, suspected or condemned.

    • As the Singapore Government looks to tighten processes to ensure foreign preachers with divisive teachings do not come here to preach, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam showed two videos in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 3) of such preachers.

      Mufti Menk of Zimbabwe used to come to Singapore regularly to preach before he was banned two years ago, said Mr Shanmugam. “He preached that it is the biggest sin and crime for a Muslim to wish a non-Muslim Merry Christmas or Happy Deepavali, and I suppose the same goes for Happy Chinese New Year,” he said. “This is dangerous. Divisive. Our common spaces will shrink and different segments of the community will drift apart.”

      Preaching such as Mufti Menk’s cannot be allowed to take hold in Singapore because it can have “very serious consequences”, taken to the extreme, said Mr Shanmugam. He agreed with Aljunied Member of Parliament Faisal Manap, who said religious teachings must be aligned with Singapore’s national values.

      Besides Mufti Menk, two Christian preachers who had made several Islamophobic comments were banned a few weeks ago and the National Council of Churches in Singapore came out and told all churches to be careful who they invite.

      The government needs to draw a clear line between what is acceptable and what is not, said Mr Shanmugam. The mixing of religion and politics is another dangerous area to guard against, he added.

      Showing a video of Mumbai-based Islamic preacher Zakir Naik advising followers not to vote for someone of another religion, he said: “I think Singaporeans will say that is not acceptable. If we allow that kind of teaching in Singapore, we can easily imagine what else might be said by people. It will move to race. If you are one race, you should vote for a person of that race.”

      While Dr Naik “will not come to Singapore” to preach, preachers like him and Mufti Menk will do so in the region and their videos are available, said Mr Shanmugam.

      • Spore Immigration now requires your TWO thumbprint identification, beside face recognition camera pointing at you, before you are considered safe to SingKarPoh.

  4. Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa of the progressive Muslim think tank Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) says Malaysian religious authorities are monopolising the interpretation of Islam, making Muslims ignorant.

    This was his description of the undercurrents behind the recent spate of incidents that have shocked the nation. They ranged from the detention of a renown Turkish author Mustafa Akyol for giving a talk on Islam, a Muslim-only launderette in Muar, Johor, and a man being fined for wearing shorts to play futsal in Kelantan.

    The problem with the way Islam is taught to Malaysian Muslims is its strict, top-down interpretation that cannot be questioned, said Dr Farouk.

    There is also the misconception that the interpretation of Islam and Islamic law from a government-mandated agency is God’s own word and this makes it even harder to question the authority.

    https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/16580/

  5. Weng,
    You ask me a question I give the answer without playing around the bush like others.
    You got high blood pressure stay away from me.

    rajraman. Meanwhile, go and see your doctor and check your pressure.I am worried/concern regarding your health.Take care your health.$$$ can’t buy it.

  6. Religious authorities, in their zeal to protect Islam, are instead producing hypocrites and are causing people to lose faith and respect in the religion, said a Turkish journalist who was recently detained by religious authorities.

    In an opinion piece published in the New York Times, Mustafa Akyol said he came to this realisation while he was sitting in the headquarters of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Authorities (Jawi) in Malaysia.

    “By policing religion, the authorities are not really protecting it. They are only enfeebling their societies, raising hypocrites and causing many people to lose their faith in or respect for Islam.

    “I came to understand that while I was being held in the Jawi headquarters, listening to a loud Quranic recitation coming from the next room.

    https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/16402/

    • Every time the lallang moves somewhere in the country, PAS, for example, immediately seems to conclude that it is part of some Christian conspiracy against Islam and jumps in to exploit it for maximum publicity and political mileage.

      A few months ago, they went to town over a church event in Malacca. Using highly provocative and inflammatory language, they accused the church concerned of challenging the sensitivities of Muslims and of conspiring with Zionist interests to target Malaysia. They went so far as to call on the ummah “to rise before it’s too late” as if Malaysia was on the verge of being invaded.

      Whatever it is, those who make much of the Christian threat ignore the obvious reality: after nearly 500 years of Christianity in Malaysia, after decades of educating countless millions of Malaysians of all faiths and all walks of life in Christian schools, Malaysia remains as Muslim as ever.

      https://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/are-christians-a-threat-to-the-nation/#comment-272496

  7. The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, has ordered the controversial Muslim-only launderette in Muar to immediately stop its discriminatory practice or risk being shut down by him.

    “I cannot accept this nonsense. This is Johor, which belongs to Bangsa Johor and it belongs to all races and faiths. This is a progressive, modern and moderate state.

    “This is not a Taliban state and as the Head of Islam in Johor, I find this action to be totally unacceptable as this is extremist in nature,” he said.

    His Majesty said he also ordered the state Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Abdul Mutalip Abd Rahim, the religious council and the district council to investigate the matter.

    http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/09/27/dressing-down-for-launderette-open-it-to-all-or-just-close-shop-angry-johor-sultan-tells-owner/#16ZSAHoOT0R4LYZd.99

    • We are no Taliban state. This is a powerful message from our Royal Highness Sultan Ibrahim not only to the laundrette owner but to all including Pas and Umno that religion extremism, racism and intolerances have no place in Johor and this country. So far this is the only message or reminder that has triggered our PM to react in agreement otherwise we wont hear a word from him on all this occurences. JAKIM need to reflect its role in this matter.

      • Hope all the other state Sultans can emulate Johor Royal Highness in countering religious bigotries by certain elements including those from enforcement agencies who have better time on their idle hands to do other productive + meaningful jobs.
        Tax money is hard earned & should not be squandered by bigots!

    • The monarchy in Malaysia ought to prevent Talibanisation in Malaysia…. I believe His Majesty Sultan Johor is aware of this, and he should advise JAKIM and PAS accordingly.

      • Sultans are above religious polis like Jakim. His Majesty Sultan Johor has won the hearts of people from other states. The other Sultans also have the authority to prevent extremism in thoughts and actions.

  8. Wear pants to cover the sexy knees before going off-road!
    Back in 2001, I & my Muslim friend decided to tryout my first modified 4WD i.e. a Daihatsu Feroza in Sedim Rainforest, Kedah. I had to wait for him for a while at his condo before he came out to say he had to wear his camouflage pants that covered both his sexy knees, which was his orthodox lifestyle experience while visiting Kelantan.
    I told him nobody’s watching his sexiness in the rainforest, not even the silvery langur (Old World monkey) which gave no 2 sexy hoots at his pants.
    But his pants almost came down when a rustling noise among the bush came after him.
    “Was it a sexy female Pantera Tigris (Malayan Tiger)?” he exclaimed excitedly.

    My not too sexy survival tactic against the malevolent spirits of Malaysian rainforest:
    If you ever get lost & can’t get out of the ‘circle’ in the rainforest, just let down both your outer & inner pants. Or urinate on the spot. You can break the spell of these spirits.

  9. Its clear that those still thinking in PAS is working under the assumption the goal is to play spoiler to ransom UMNO/BN – they only need hold on to about 10% of the Malay votes to play kingmaker. Its why its no enough just for Hadi’s PAS to lose, they must lose badly, not have even the marginal votes to play kingmaker..Unfortunately, Mahathir and Bersatu has little influence over the fanatical Hadi’s PAS hard core base.

  10. A combination of terrorist wannabes, extremists, racists, right wingers and politicians posing as theologians is certainly a recipe for disaster for multi-racial Malaysia. – Wong Chun Wai, Star, 24th. Sept 2017

  11. PAS grew bolder as the moderate Malays were too afraid to speak up, for fear of afterlife backlash? G25 could only communicate in English, not in BM (for reasons only known to themselves) and their message could not reach out to the rural folks.

  12. “GST in India is at 28%, please remember that. Meanwhile, in Malaysia, there is a great hue and cry raised over the 6% GST. Anger is directed at the government.” so said Najib.

    Like that 10% GST under BN is possible after GE14 since it is only half of India’s GST?

    • Woi, tell the whole truth lah. Don´t simply taroh only. In Hindia today they have diffent taxes. Its 3% for gold bikits but 18% for biscuits!! Thats getting volks bile boiling lah.WhT Lh <ou, -hVE nice ay.

  13. But why just 100?
    Make no cow sense at all.
    A party that represents “God” is just about trying 100 seats and a 40% winnable chance? Is that it ?
    Or Pas realise that 60% decided Not Going to Heaven?
    And if 60% of your potential voters decided not to enter heaven, why protest the beer festival ?
    Can’t they Pas contest all the 222 seats?
    Why is Pas depriving the other 122 constituencies of a lifetime chance to enter heaven?
    So weird.

  14. What’s the problem contesting 100 seats? Back in GE13, PAS contested in 73 seats (won 21), while PKR contested 99 seats (won 30). So an additional of 27 seats compared to what they contested in GE13 , which most likely seats that are now held by PKR and also DAP. Bear in mind, this is partly triggered by Tony Pua who declared back in 2015 that DAP will contest in PAS’ seats in GE14. DAP started the “turf war”, so PAS has no choice but to fight back. This time around, it’s going to be a choice between Pakatan Harapan aka Pakatan Ali Baba that’s lead in the nose by the Chinese dominated DAP (controlled by the Lim Dynasty, 林朝) or Barisan Nasional that’s dominated by UMNO.

    • Nothing wrong to contest 100 or 22 Virgin seats. Afterall they claim to be God’s party. U member of the heavenly calling? So what is wrong for any one to contest against Pas? It is a sin? With engineer like you, even people advise to flee as far away for people bringing medieval thinkjng

    • DAP collaborated with Nik Aziz’s PAS. After Hadi took over PAS, collaboration ceased, but today Umno has assumed the covert partnership with PAS.

      In BN, Umno hold the noise over the rest of component parties.

  15. PAS will be wiped out comes this GE14.
    Rakyat is fed up with their flip flop stand as they are now working with UMNO. AMANAH under HUSAM looks good to take over from PAS .

  16. I thought they dream afterlife.

    rajraman.Never thought they dream in current life with 72 virgins.Even the GOD Political Traders Party baiting votes using flesh.

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